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The Great Gildersleeve (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 2 January 1943 (USA)
Gildersleeve, a small town bachelor, has slapstick troubles with a husband-hunting woman and two helpful kids.

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Throckmorton Gildersleeve is a blustery "ladies" man who often finds himself in unusual predicaments. Raising his too smart nephew Leroy, he leans on his secretary Bessie and tries to ignore the advice of housekeeper Birdie.

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Small-town eccentric Throckmorton Gildersleeve (of radio fame) has a few problems: Judge Hooker continually questions his guardianship of niece Margie and nephew Leroy; the judge's predatory sister Amelia has matrimony in mind. When a misunderstanding gives Amelia the idea she's all but engaged, the kids form a wild scheme to get Gildersleeve out of trouble; slapstick results. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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RADIO'S FUNNY MAN TURNS HIS FAMOUS LAUGH into a ROAR on the SCREEN! See more »

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2 January 1943 (USA)  »

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El gordinflón detective  »

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Trivia

William Tetley, who played the role of LeRoy on the radio, couldn't appear on screen because he was actually an adult playing a child character. See more »

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Followed by Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean)
(1881) (uncredited)
Written by H.J. Fuller
Sung by Harold Peary, Nancy Gates, Freddie Mercer and Thurston Hall,
with Gates on piano
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A Funny Man
8 January 2002 | by (El Dorado, Arkansas 71730) – See all my reviews

Harold Peary played the good role of Gildersleeve. His laugh was his trademark. He use to be in radio, before coming to movies. In one episode I like was when the bicycle split into going in separate directions and he yelled LeRoy. This was funny. We need more movies of this gender.


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